Nitro Top Fuel Harleys to Pound the Rockingham Pavement

For the first time ever, the two major All-American motorcycle drag racing series will join forces for the 31st Annual Jim McClure Nitro Nationals on October 28-30 at Rockingham Dragway.

AHDRA and AMRA will pool the collective talents of both Harley-Davidson V-Twin drag racing series, to the benefit of fans and racers both. The unusual move by the two series and Rockingham’s Steve Earwood comes after AHDRA’s originally scheduled event was rained out. With no other dates available, this combined event was the obvious choice to give the fans and racers the best opportunity to see these fearless riders hustle their beastly machines down Rockingham’s legendary quarter mile.

Jay Turner

North Carolina is fortunate to have several Top Fuel Harley studs living right beneath the Tar Heel blue sky, including recent NHRA U.S. Nationals winner Jay Turner and two-time NHRA champion Tii Tharpe of Pffaftown.

They’ll be joined by recent AHDRA Top Fuel winners Tracy Kyle and “Jimmy Mack” McMcMillin, reigning AMRA and AHDRA champion Ryan Peery, reigning NHRA U.S. Nationals champ Randal “Fast Coonass” Andras, 2020 AHDRA champ Rich Vreeland, “Billy Jack” Jackson, Rocky Jackson, Ziggy Schwartz, John “JT” Toth, Frank “Brother” Capone, Finnish racer Samu Kemppainen and more.

Billy Jack

Hawaya Racing Nitro Funnybike will see racers such as Armon Furr, AHDRA points leader Michael Balch, and defending Rockingham champ Jim Doyle.

Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel will see knockdown, drag-out battles amongst recent AHDRA winners Jim “Bad Influence” Martin, “Lightning” Sam White, “Bad Ass Mary” Dangrow, and many more.

Mike Motto

AHDRA’s gas classes GMS Racing Engines Xtreme Outlaw, Zippers Performance Pro Modified, Pingel Enterprise Modified, V-Twin Powersports Hot Rod Bagger, Horsepower Inc. Pro Outlaw Bagger, Super Stock, and MTC Pro Comp Outlaw all race out the back door, while 9.30 index, Super Pro 10.30, Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson Super Gas 9.90, Universal Fleet & Tire 10.90, and 11.50 index all race to a fixed number. Eliminator racers set their own dial-in, Trophy class is for those getting their feet wet, and Junior Dragbike is for the kids.

The track will be open for early parking on Thursday with an open test-and-tune from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Friday.  Qualifying, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, will conclude with an on-site concert featuring the music of Straightwire. Sunday eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $55 for three days, $45 for two days or $25 daily.  There’s $5 off on every ticket or ticket package purchased in advance.  Children under six are free with a ticketed adult.

Bill and Chrissy Rowe look forward to welcoming the AHDRA family to this exciting event. Bill will even be racing!

AHDRA thanks Cox Double Eagle Harley-Davidson, Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson, Gainesville Harley-Davidson , MTC Engineering , Hawaya Racing, Pingel Enterprise, GMS Racing Engines, Zippers Performance, Horsepower Inc., Vanson Leathers , Universal Fleet & Tire,  IHDRA, V-Twin Powersports, Daryl Coffin Motorsports, All-Harley World Shootout, Axtell Cylinders and Racers For Christ.

story and photos by Tim Hailey  

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